AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

January 27, 2023

Please check powerschool after 12 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2023, for updated Semester 2 schedules.

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Important Dates

  • January 30 - Professional Learning Day (school closed)
  • January 30 - EIPS High School Information Night 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.- The Park Church
  • January 31 - Second semester begins
  • February 1, 2:16 p.m. - Early dismissal
  • February 1 - Returning student registration opens
  • February 2 , 6:30 p.m. - Grade 9 Quebec Trip Meeting - Cafeteria
  • February 6-14 - Student Council Valentine's Day Events
  • February 7 - Grade 9 Immunizations
  • February 7, 5:30 p.m. - EIPS Public Engagement French Immersion Programming, @ Heritage Hills Elementary School
  • February 8 - Student Council - Dress as Media Couple Day
  • February 8 , 6:30 p.m.- Grad Parent Information Meeting
  • February 9 & 10 - North Central Teachers' Convention (No Classes)
  • February 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - AJS Open House
  • February 15 , 10 a.m. - MADD Canada Presentation
  • February 17 -Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • February 20 - Family Day (schools closed to staff and students; Central Services closed)
  • February 21, 4:15 p.m. - AMPS meeting
  • February 21- 28 - Grad Portraits - ICON
  • February 22 - Black History Month Presentation
  • February 22 - Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28 -2023-24 returning student registration closes
  • February 28- Student Council Twin Day
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Professional Learning Day

AJS teachers are looking forward to continuing our learning with Mental Health and assisting Junior High students with resetting and regulating so that they can learn. We will also be collaborating, blueprinting, networking with other specialized teachers on Monday, January 30.

In the Spotlight


Ardrossan Junior Senior High will be officially opening the new Reset Room for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students! It is a quiet, safe space in the school (supervised by a teacher throughout most of the day) where students can get assistance working through periods of dysregulation, mental distress or mental health problems so they can return to class. The best part is: Junior High students can use the room (if only for a short 10-minute break)

Our team has been working hard to create a warm and welcoming environment but this is where we need your help! Involving our parent community is an important part of creating sustainable, positive spaces in the school and we would love for our School Council and larger parent community to be included in this exciting pilot. We are in search of some important items for the room and through conversations at School Council, parents have asked for opportunities to engage with the school when there are opportunities to help or to donate to projects and initiatives.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Student Parking

Students are reminded that they are required to register their vehicle and get a parking pass from Mrs. Pietsch when they get their licenses and begin parking in the student parking lot.

Please use the QR code located on the window outside the main office to access the parking pass registration form.

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EIPS High School Information Night

To help you make an informed decision about senior high, EIPS is hosting a Division high school information night. All EIPS students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about the senior high program. The session will provide information about senior high courses, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities throughout the Division, as well as details about diploma requirements and various career path options.

Date: Monday, January 30, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Park Church, 1 Brower Dr., Sherwood Park

Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2023-24 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space.

The 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2023. Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-922-2228.

Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High Open House

In addition to the general high school information evening being hosted by EIPS, AJS is hosting an open house at the school. The high school open house provides Grade 9 students and families an opportunity to meet the staff; tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; and more.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High

Black History Month Presentation

The Overture with the Arts will be presenting their 2023 Black History Month Presentation for us again this year. This presentation will be held on February 22 for the whole school.

This years presentation is titled "Tracking Black Canada", which will take participants around the country, while focusing on the often-forgotten histories of early Black communities in Canada. Using OWTA’s trademark edutainment style that combines video, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and audience participation & interaction, "Tracking Black" Canada will highlight the contributions and achievements made by prominent residents in these forgotten communities, illuminate the conditions that led to their systemic demise, and highlight how their impact is still felt today.

Ardrossan Drama Players

Junior High Drama Club meets on Thursdays at lunchtime. The "Ardrossan Drama Players" will be led by grade 12 students.

Check out the AJS Drama department website for more details and rehearsal schedules. Updates and announcements about the junior high and senior high shows will be found here.


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2022 - 2023 Yearbooks

You can't stay in junior or senior high forever - but you can relive those memories over again.

Order your 2022 - 2023 yearbook today!

$43 on the Parent Portal


Grad portraits have been scheduled for February 21-28, 2023. It is time for you to reserve your appointment. The booking will happen online so please make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.


  • Go to www.iconexp.com and click the “Book Now” button • First Select an event Ardrossan Jr-Sr Grad Portraits (Taken @ Ardrossan in the Theatre Lobby)
  • Select your Service ▪ Grad Portraits (At School-$30 Due at Portraits)
  • Select your appointment from the available times and dates and complete all required information

You will receive a confirmation shortly after booking your appointment as well as a reminder the day prior to your appointment. Please contact Icon if you have any questions.

At the completion of your sitting, you will receive a receipt of your visit and some information detailing how to access your proofs. 5-7 business days after your sitting you will receive an email giving you access to view your proofs online. Shortly after that, you will receive a complete set of proofs in the mail. You can place your order either online or through the mail.

In order to ensure your safety and that of our staff we have made a few adjustments to our operations:

  1. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to Covid-19, as outlined by Alberta Health Services, please do not come to your appointment, we will be happy to reschedule you at a later date.
  2. At this time we will not be including pets, friends or family members in portrait sittings.
  3. We will only be accepting debit and credit for payment of sitting fees.
  4. The use of props provided by ICON is voluntary; we have implemented safety protocols for sanitizing props. Graduates may bring appropriate props to be included in their sitting.
  5. We suggest males wear a formal attire for the cap and gown photos – something you are comfortable in. The casual photos can be in any outfit you choose.

AJS Lunch time Intramurals

Junior High Intramurals (grade 7 & 8 only)

Grade 7 & 8 students are invited to sign up for a month long volleyball tournament. Sign up begins February 1 with the tournament beginning on February 6. This will run for the month of February.

High School Intramurals (grade 9 to 12)

For the month of February, floor hockey will continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Basketball/Volleyball will be offered on Monday & Fridays.

Athletic Dates

  • February 5, 1 - 3 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 11 - Stettler Tournament Archery
  • February 12, 1 - 3 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 15, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B

  • February 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 19, 1 - 3 p.m.- Archery Practice Gym B

Awesome start for our Senior Varsity Basketball Teams! Both Bison Women and Men are in the Top 15 in the province!!

High School Basketball

  • February 1 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. St. Oscar Romero
  • February 1 @ 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Memorial
  • February 2 @ 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. McNally
  • February 3 & 4 - Sr. Varsity Basketball Bison Thunder Classic Tournament
  • February 6 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball @ W.P. Wagner
  • February 6 @ 5:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. McNally
  • February 7 @ 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. W.P. Wagner
  • February 8 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball @ Beaumont
  • February 8 @ 5:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Louis St. Laurent

Junior High Basketball
  • January 31@ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball @ F. R. Haythorne
  • January 31 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball @ F. R. Haythorne
  • January 31 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. F. R. Haythorne
  • January 31 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. F. R. Haythorne
  • February 1 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. Lakeland Ridge
  • February 1 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. Lakeland Ridge
  • February 7 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball @ St. Theresa
  • February 7 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball @ St. Theresa
  • February 7 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. ABJ
  • February 7 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. ABJ

Go Bisons!


Thank you to our amazing French Immersion teachers for co-hosting the Elk Island Public Schools Secondary French Immersion Information Night! See the link to the presentation on our website at www.ardrossan.ca

Student Council News

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Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)

Hello Ardrossan Band Parents!

AMPS Pub night & Silent Auction – We think you need a night out, so on February 11th, 2023 at 6 pm, we are hosting our Pub Night and Silent Auction. Tickets are available through Mr. B or AMPSpres@gmail.com - $10 each and all tickets are entered into 2 draws of “Dinner for Two”! No sitter? No Problem - kids can come until 9 pm!

We are looking for auction items and unused gift cards! If you have something to donate helping support our Silent Auction, please contact Lee Dempsey at AMPSpres@gmail.com. Please consider what you can donate as we use all proceeds right back to the Band program.

SCHOLARSHIPS!! Did you know AMPS supports our musicians in their post secondary endeavours? We offer scholarships to students accepted into a post-secondary music program (Major OR Minor). For more information, please reach out to the AMPS President (Lee Dempsey) for more information and requirements. ¯¯

Did you know we have social media? Find us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook and on Instagram!

Our next AMPS meeting is Tuesday, February 21st at 4:15 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will be discussing upcoming band activities (Upcoming fundraisers, future band trips) and we would love to have band parents join us to share their ideas.

Don't forget to complete the AMPS Membership Form and either email it back to AMPSPres@gmail.com or send it to Mr. B! AMPS is a society and only 'members' can be involved.

We look forward to your support! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. B or the AMPS President (AMPSpres@gmail.com).

Yours in Music,

Lee Dempsey

AMPS President

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. There is an associated app, but the functionality is limited, and families don’t need to download it. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

  • Access student grades and report cards;
  • Review student absences;
  • Pay school and transportation fees; and
  • Submit official updates to student or family information.

The PowerSchool Student Portal provides similar access to grades and absence information for students directly.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s:

  • classroom activity feed,
  • grade items and grade feedback from instructors,
  • upcoming assignments,
  • portfolio evidence, and
  • quizzes,

depending on which of the program functions are specifically used by your child’s teacher.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

  • receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and
  • manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

U of A Getaway

U of A Getaway is your chance to explore one of Canada's top 5 universities. Your adventure will include transportation reimbursement, accommodations, meals and a jam-packed schedule of events. Twenty grade 11 students will be selected for this one-of-a-kind weekend away.

Who: Open to grade 11 students throughout Canada

When: May 26-28, 2023

Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

CHHA Scholarship Program

Are you a student with a hearing loss and entering full-time studies in September 2023? Take advantage of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s (CHHA) Scholarship Program. The online application format saves you time and effort: only one application needs to be filled out to apply for any of the six scholarships CHHA has to offer, including two new scholarships added in 2022.

Scholarships are open to anyone with a hearing loss who will be enrolled in a full-time program in a post-secondary institution next September. For more information, contact scholarship@chha.ca or visit the CHHA National Website. The deadline to apply is April 20. Application form

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Community News

Kickstand Connect - Virtual Mental Health Clinic

Kickstand Connect offers a virtual walk-in clinic with trained professionals and a safe space for group sessions, exclusively for young Albertans aged 12-25 and their parents or caregivers. It is a free online portal and mobile app where young people can virtually ‘walk in’ or pre-book appointments (up to a week in advance) with a mental health professional, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops. Based on a single session model, Kickstand Connect offers various walk-in and pre-booked services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment.

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Caregiver Series: January Sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth, as well as sessions for adults. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics for January include understanding anxiety and how sleep affects your family’s mental health. The list of January 2023 sessions is now available.

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The January edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on vaping. Do you know what a vape is? What does it contain? What is vape liquid? How harmful can vaping be? Check out this edition of the Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter.


New AHS Respiratory Assessment Tool

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched an enhanced respiratory assessment tool to provide Albertans with guidance to manage a wide range of respiratory illnesses, provide advice on caring for symptoms at home and when to seek additional care. The tool will help guide schools and individuals to the best care options for symptoms, including self-care at home, or seeking care through a walk-in clinic, family physician, or pharmacy for mild to moderate symptoms.